How did this HAPPEN?!? It seems like just yesterday that I was bringing this beautiful little baby girl home from the hospital, and today she turns 13–the beginning of the end, to some. Today marks the beginning of me starting to let go of my “little girl”, and say hello to my “young lady.”
Have you ever heard someone say “oh, you have a teenager” and they say it in that tone – yes, THAT tone – filled with pity and…..and I don’t even know what. They’ve turned “teenager” into a dirty word. Well, I will say right now for the record that my goal is to raise a young person – not some unique species called “teenager.”
I must admit that this is not an original thought, and it was first introduced to me by a great article on TJEd discussing the Youth vs Teenager and how this phenomenon has taken place. I encourage you to read it as it challenges the idea of raising young people as they start to let go of their childish ways and grow into the adults that they will become.
Right now we’re reading The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood together as we discover the plan that God has laid out for her and equipping her to fulfill that plan. I’m looking forward to getting to know the beautiful young lady that I’m sure she is destined to become.